A two-day 'Melayu Islam Beraja' (MIB) seminar that was held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Information Department, came to a conclusion yesterday with the co-chairman stating that as the nation's sole philosophy, it should be understood by many residing in the country, particularly senior citizens, despite the various topics of the philosophy having never been disclosed through formal presentations or discussions in a forum.
The head of the Malay Islamic Monarchy Supreme Council (MTMIB), Associate Professor Ampuan Dr Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah said during the closing ceremony, "Hence, it is important that the concept of MIB be discussed in seminars, conventions, workshops, forums and lectures, and then followed by the documentation of its content through the publication of working papers and books to ensure that the understanding and knowledge of MIB will be more understood by locals, especially the new generations to come," he added.
It is MTMIB's intention to publicise the MIB philosophy in three main areas - dissemination, publication and research.
The associate professor added that the MTMIB has been active in organising programmes for information dissemination such as talks, workshops, roadshows, exhibitions and competitions.
In the area of publication, MTMIB has successfully printed two publications through the Information Department, the 'MIB Collection' and 'Mutiara Bangsa'. In terms of research, the council intends to implement several research proposals that are meant to consolidate the understanding and propagation of MIB.
"MTMIB is also on hand to assist public and private institutions as well as members of the public wishing to partake in the dissemination processes. For example, any village or Mukim consultative council wishing to incorporate MIB in their seminars or workshops, MTMIB will be pleased to cooperate. For research, MTMIB will also help in its coordination until the publication process," said the sssociate professor.
Another topic of interest during the seminar was the potential extinction of Jawi writing. Although all students in Brunei are taught to write and read in Jawi at some point in their lives, the skill is slowly fading due to the diminishing necessity of its usage.
"As one of the factors associated with Malays, the skills and historical values of Jawi should be preserved, used as a medium of formal communication between Malay rulers, the government and the people," he said.